Category Archives: Food Industry

Food manufacturing, processing, and cold storage. Seafood, produce, poultry, beef/poultry, meals/meal kits, and food ingredients intended for grocery stores, restaurants, institutions, and consumers. Facilities with freezers, coolers, USDA processing areas, bakeries, floor drains, food safety testing labs, and wastewater interceptors.

Contessa frozen food plant – new “green” standard

contessa.JPGContessa Premium Foods offered a VIP sneak peek of its Green Cuisine Plant, the world’s first and largest environmentally responsible, LEED-certified frozen food manufacturing plant. The City of Commerce will rename the street where the plant is “Contessa Drive.”This is the first time the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to a frozen-food manufacturing facility. The LEED rating system is the national standard for design, construction, and operation of green buildings. It recognizes five areas of environmental and human health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and selection of materials. Located in Los Angeles CA, the new plant is a 4 million-cubic-foot facility, costing more than $35 million, that will produce up to 150 million pounds of product the first year alone. The facility, its processes, and the product manufactured there will be known as Green Cuisine.

Largest refrigerated warehouses ranked

The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) in October released its annual listing of its top 20 North American member companies with the greatest gross capacity at their facilities. The combined space of these companies is more than 1.7 billion cubic feet. Company rankings with capacity in cubic feet are:

  1. AmeriCold Logistics, 415,989,001
  2. Atlas Cold Storage, 209,347,982
  3. Versacold Group, 206,058,661
  4. United States Cold Storage, 152,993,447
  5. Preferred Freezer Services, 152,982,511
  6. Interstate Warehousing, 63,670,368
  7. Burris Refrigerated Logistics, 58,133,995
  8. Total Logistic Control, 52,753,106
  9. Nordic Cold Storage, 51,722,100
  10. Cloverleaf Cold Storage, 48,982,883
  11. Columbia Colstor, 48,710,060
  12. Inland Cold Storage, 41,753,576
  13. Richmond Cold Storage Co, 40,486,491
  14. Henningsen Cold Storage, 37,600,574
  15. Frialsa Frigorificos, 33,458,847
  16. Hanson Logistics, 32,496,430
  17. Conestoga Cold Storage, 24,773,000
  18. Zero Mountain, 23,644,000
  19. Congbec Logistics, 22,500,000
  20. Interstate Cold Storage, 21,403,000

Total space: 1,739,460,032